Since beginning pupillage Rowan has gained experience across all of Chambers' core areas.
He has assisted members of Chambers in advising local councils on a variety of planning matters and in a series of inquiries (with Clare Parry and Asitha Ranatunga). Recent work includes assisting Estelle Dehon in her representation of Frack Free Ellesmere Port and Upton during an inquiry regarding shale gas exploration in Chester, and the preparation of two Judicial Review claims before the Court of Appeal.
Rowan's public law experience prior to pupillage includes working in the Abuses in Counterterrorism department at Reprieve where he co-authored 'Do We Not Bleed', an advocacy document on drone warfare in Northern Pakistan; volunteering as an anti-trafficking researcher for Kalayaan, a charity focussing on the rights of Overseas Domestic Workers, and editing the Public Law & Human Rights section of a major online legal journal.
Before coming to the Bar, Rowan worked as part of a small team at a leading specialist commercial litigation firm handling the RBS Rights Issue case. This gave him valuable experience of litigation strategy and a pragmatic understanding of legal professional privilege.
Rowan has a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Durham University, where he graduated with the top first in his year. He then studied the GDL at BPP University as a Lord Haldane scholar, completed an LLM with Distinction from University College London, and read for the Bar at the University of Law as a Tancred Scholar and Residential Scholar of Lincoln's Inn. He was awarded the Walter Wigglesworth scholarship for pupillage.
Rowan is available to take instructions from 1 April 2019. He hopes to develop a broad practice in all of Chambers' core areas.